Accountant offers Chilliwack charities a helping hand

Casey Langbroekand his accounting partners are presenting a low-cost seminar to help charities wade through new tax legislation

Casey Langbroek served on Chilliwack’s city council for 16 years and built a successful career traveling the world as a business coach after he left politics.

But he still has the community of Chilliwack on his mind.

“We talk much about small business being the backbone of our economy, but when you look at it, it’s the volunteers at charities and non-profit groups that shape a lot of our community,” he said.

With that in mind, Langbroek and his accounting partners are presenting a low-cost seminar to help charities and non-profit groups wade through new legislation coming down the pike from the Canadian Revenue Agency.

“It’s important that board members have a good understanding of their fiduciary duties, and a good understanding of current developments,” Langbroek says.

“You can never use the argument, ‘I didn’t know.’”

The topics during day-long seminar include:

– Canada Revenue Agency legislation affecting charities and non-profits;

– Completion of annual charity returns to the CRA;

– Role of directors and delegation to staff;

– An overview of strategic planning.

The seminar starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa. The registration deadline in Nov. 9 and a $75 fee covers the cost of room rental and catered lunch.

Langbroek and two other speakers from Langbroek, Louwerse & Thiessen LLP and De Jager, Volkenant & Company are volunteering their time.

“If I can assist or help charities and non-profits even in a small way, I feel I’m doing good for the community,” Langbroek said.